LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE In wake of caste protests, PMO holds its first meeting on affirmative action in private sector Private sector not committed as it should be, gaps in data, says top official P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 WITH LESSthan a year left in this government’s term, the Prime Minister’s Office has held its first 3 ever meeting to discuss affirmative action in the private sector, The Indian Express has learnt. A top official who attended the meeting on September 22 said there were questions over the private sector’s commitment Quota protest in Mumbai. File to provide jobs to SCs and STs. “The robustness in industry’s efforts is missing,” said the official. The meeting comes in the wake of nationwide protests by several groups — Dalits, Jats, Marathas and upper-castes — over a range of issues: from quotas in jobs and promotions to alleged dilution of the law meant to protect Dalits. Incidentally, it was under the UPA-I government, way back in October 2006, that a high-level coordination committee was constituted under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister to discuss this subject. And until May 2014, seven meetings were held. But the eighth meeting of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE RESCUE GUJARAT Maldives Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih after the election victory over President Abdulla Yameen in Male on Monday. AP T WO MORE LIONS DIE IN GIR FOREST IBRAHIM SOLIH WINS, TAKES CHARGE IN NOV ● HC judge recuses ■ Three days after he suffered a serious injury during a circumnavigation race, Navy commander Abhilash Tomy was rescued Monday from the Indian Ocean by a French vessel. from hearing plea in Jethva murder, PAGE 5 SC sends plea for ban on female genital mutilation to 5-judge bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 THE SUPREME Court Monday referred a petition seeking a ban on female genital mutilation of minor girls, allegedly prevalent among the Dawoodi Bohras, to a five-judge Constitution Bench. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said this deserved to be answered by a Constitution Bench. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Delhi-based lawyer Sunita Tiwari, seeking a declaration that the practice amounts to violation of a woman’s right to life and dignity. The petitioner contended that the procedure is performed “illegally upon girls (between five years and before she attains puberty)” and is against the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is India is a signatory”. This also resulted in “permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child”, the petitioner stated. ■ Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tomy is conscious, and doing okay. FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 6 Cong goes to CVC over Rafale: Priest forced to revoke ban Seize contract files, register FIR on nun who Behind attack, international joined protest MANOJ C G & MAULSHREE SETH NEW DELHI, AMETHI, SEPTEMBER 24 STEPPING UP its attack on the government over the Rafale offset contract to Reliance Defence, the Congress Monday approached the Central Vigilance Commissioner, demanding that the vigilance panel “seize all files and documents” and register an FIR into “India’s biggest defence scam”. And in Amethi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi told a crowd that the UPA government had “finalised the contact” to purchase 126 Rafale aircraft and that “would have given employment to thousands of youth at the HAL factories in Amethi and Karnataka but when a chowkidar became Prime Minister, he snatched the contract from HAL and gave it to a private company”. He said he questioned the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 conspiracy... JPC probe can expose us to enemies: BJP LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 COUNTERING THE Congress demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Rafale deal, the BJP Monday said there was “an international conspiracy” behind the attack on the government and any such probe could “expose the country’s defence preparedness to our enemies and opponents”. Separately, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while acknowledging “there is a perception war”, said the BJP will launch a nationwide campaign to counter the “smear” campaign by the Congress. Referring to former French President Francois Hollande’s Govt entities to lose big if IL&FS defaults on its debt 12 MARKETS TANK NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 BARELY A day after a Catholic priest in Kerala’s Wayanad district barred a nun from performing church duties for participating in a protest demanding the arrest ofa rape-accused Bishop, he was forced to recall his decision — by Sister Lucy angry members Kalappura of his own parish. On Sunday, Father Stephen Kottakkal of St Mary’s Church in Karickamala had ordered Sister Lucy Kalappura to keep away from distributing Holy Communion and holding Catechism classes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bhatt’s wife charges serious, respond to them: SC to Gujarat EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 CURRENCY AND stock GOVERNMENT-OWNEDentities — banks, insurance companies and their provident and pension funds — with high exposure to various debt papers of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) could emerge as the biggest losers if the company were to default on its forthcoming debt obligations. An offer letter filed by IL&FS with the capital markets regulator to raise funds through private placement in June 2018 showed markets came under renewed pressure Monday with the Sensex closing at a 10-week low and the rupee losing 44 paise against the US dollar. PAGE 13 PAK ROLE IN 26/11: SUMMONS TO SHARIF, NBW FOR REPORTER INSIDE PAGE 6 ●NOT FUGITIVE that as of March 2018, the list of top ten debenture holders of IL&FS included nine investors CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ECONOMIC OFFENDER: MALLYA THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPTEMBER 24 remarks that the Indian government wanted Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence to be chosen as the offset partner in the Rafale deal, Sitharaman said: “We recognise there is a perception war. We will fight this battle. We will go around the country and place facts on record. Congress designs to run a smear campaign against us. Now you see an international dimension also to it.” Echoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sitharaman said Hollande’s remarks which came after Rahul Gandhi’s tweet that there would be “some big bunker buster bombs” could not have been coincidental. “There is a certain desperation to make WORLD SANDEEP SINGH SHAJU PHILIP THE SUPREME Court on Monday asked Gujarat government to respond to the charge by sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife Shweta that he was not being allowed to execute the requisite documents to approach the apex court. Terming the allegation “serious”, a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said in its order, “Before we go into the merits of the case we would like the State of Gujarat to respond to Bhatt was not being allowed to move court, says wife the allegations contained in the aforesaid statement”. The court was referring to the contention in Shweta’s petition that her “husband has been taken into custody in the most arbitrary manner and he has also been taken on Police Custody Remand” and that he “is not allowed to execute Vakalatnama CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR UNDER DRONES AND FLOODLIGHTS IN VOLATILE SOPORE, A FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT SHINES BASHAARAT MASOOD SOPORE, SEPTEMBER 24 EVENINGS IN Sopore draw hundreds of young men and boys from across the region to a football field in the periphery of this town. They spend at least two hours at this field under floodlights, where Sopore, since early September, has hosted the 32-team ‘First Super Cup - under lights’. Sopore is among the most affluent towns and is known as the fruit bowl of the Valley, but it is also a separatist stronghold and was once a hotbed of militancy, which means security is always high. But since the Residents contributed money to set up 24 floodlights. Shuaib Masoodi tournament began on September 5, teams from Srinagar, Bandipore, Kupwara and Baramulla and fans flock to the floodlit field to watch football and gossip. The tournament is slated to end on October 16. In this town starved of entertainment, the idea of a tournament, says Zafar Ahmad Sheikh, Secretary of United Reds, a local football club, “came from nowhere”. This football club and a small-time businessman, Owais Masoodi, are the brains behind this change. “One day, we (friends) were talking to each other on how to keep people away from bad habits like drugs. We decided to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cheer, relief in Delhi as Maldives Opposition wins Presidential polls Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat amid fears of rigging SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 AS OPPOSITION candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claimed victory in the Maldives, India heaved a sigh of relief and congratulated him — even before the official results of the presidential elections were announced Monday. Solih defeated incumbent Abdulla Yameen in a dramatic election, following reports over the previous week of attempts at voter intimidation and the absence of credible international observers to monitor the poll process amid fears of rigging. According to the Maldives Foreign Ministry, Maldivian Democratic Party candidate 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Solih won with 1,34,616 votes, against Yameen’s 96,132 votes. Of the 2,62,135 eligible voters, it said, 2,33,877 cast their votes in 472 ballot boxes, marking a RSS’s Glasnost BY RAM MADHAV turnout of 89.22 per cent. Signalling the impact of the result on India, which had been at loggerheads with the Yameen government over a number of issues, the Ministry of External Affairs “heartily” congratulated Solih and hoped that the “Election Commission will officially confirm the result at the earliest”. In the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Solih to congratulate him and convey “his good wishes for the strengthening ofdemocracy, peace and prosperity in Maldives” under the President-elect. “The two leaders agreed to work closely together to further strengthen the close, friendly and good neighbourly relations CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS ● CHARGESHEETED LEGISLATORS: SC RULES TODAY, P 8
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